Rebecca has led a very quiet life working for her father at a small country inn. When she meets Geoffrey she falls in love with him right away. But she’s only the daughter of a baronet and men like Geoffrey never marry country girls like her. Do they?
When Rebecca’s father tries to marry her off to a wealthy old man, Geoffrey intervenes and marries her himself. He wants her very much but he couldn’t possibly love her. Love is for fools. At least that’s what he tells himself. But a sinister enemy soon threatens to destroy all that Geoffrey holds dear, forcing him to face the truth. His marriage depends on it . . . And maybe even Rebecca’s very life.
A young woman who keeps her own secrets close
Will the threat of danger draw them closer together?
Or will he let his painful past keep him from seeing his future?
Robert Shelby was beaten, betrayed, and held prisoner for months. Now, a year after his rescue, he loses himself in his work. A gifted private investigator, he takes cases of missing persons and missing goods. He turns a blind eye to smugglers who ply their trade close to his estate in Sussex, leaving the matter to the law. He also seeks to ignore the constable’s inquisitive daughter, despite his attraction to her.
Diana Ashley keeps watch over her brother as he works with the smugglers on the River Arun. She made a promise to her late mother to see to his safety and her father, the constable, cannot know of her brother’s involvement or her concealment of it. She is tired of her duty, and longs to convince her brother to give up the dangerous work. One night Robert finds her on the bluff near his home, but despite his probing questions she won’t reveal the true reason for her nightly vigils.
There is more than smuggling going on in Sussex, and when her brother is accused of a horrible crime she goes to Robert for help clearing his name. Mutual attraction swiftly turns to passion, and she suspects that her heart is in more danger than she herself had ever been while keeping an eye on her brother. Robert is drawn to her sweetness, beauty, and quick mind, but believes she is better off without a scarred man like him.
Can Robert make room in his heart for her?
Or will past pain and betrayal drive him to deny the love they share?
So what is keeping them apart?
Patrick Latham scoffs at that notion. He let go of those dreams five years ago when the woman he loved betrayed him. But when he meets the shop owner’s niece, Victoria Elliot, he wonders if his heart’s desire is indeed inside that very shop. Though Victoria is a “shopgirl” and certainly not a member of the ton, she is the most beguilingly beautiful and spirited young woman Patrick has ever met. He is determined to get to know the auburn-haired, silver-eyed beauty, even if it means buying every damn pair of riding gloves at Elliot’s Fineries!
Victoria went from sheltered vicar’s daughter to shopgirl in the blink of an eye. When she meets Patrick, she is immediately drawn to his darkly handsome looks and his charming appeal. But life for a shopgirl can be unfair, even cruel, and when a great danger lurks just around the corner from Elliot’s Fineries, can she trust Patrick to keep her safe?
Patrick keeps a truth from Victoria—that he’s the son of a powerful earl as well as a baron in his own right. Will his lie put Victoria at greater risk? And if so, how will he able to save her?
A woman with the ability to heal lost children
He’s certain she can save his son
But can she save him from himself?
Patrick MacDonald, a Braunach from 19th century Ireland, surrendered to a Banshee’s seduction four years ago. This resulted in a son, and the little boy is troubled and withdrawn. Patrick uses his uncle’s enchanted amber to jump to the future to find some way to save his son.
Tara Connor’s work in the behavior lab at the Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis challenges her to reach kids locked inside themselves. When Patrick charms her and jumps with her back to his home, she’s confused and angry. But when she meets his son, she longs to bring the little boy back to his family. She can’t deny her attraction to the boy’s father, either. He wants her too, but he’s certain his sins put her out of reach.
Can Tara show Patrick that he’s more than his past mistakes?
Or will he let his shame destroy any future they might have?
The girl afraid to lose herself again
Showing her hand…showing his heart
And a chance to have forever
Jessie Wilde survived an abusive boyfriend and now just wants to live her own life. Her enthusiasm and expertise sell the environmental features of the idyllic town of Cypress Corners but she doubts her own worth, often hiding behind her glasses and bulky clothes.
Former beach bum Noah Brady builds houses but he wants to make a home for himself and his young son. He doesn’t know if he has it in him, though. He’s never been a commitment or future kind of guy.
When he meets Jessie, and gets to know the sweet smart girl inside, he has to figure out how to do this relationship thing. He’s starting to think she just might be his forever.
Can Noah show Jessie there’s more to life than just surviving?Or will her fear of the past keep her from reaching for her future?
The girl determined to keep her life uncomplicated
The thrill of the chase…the heat of the moment
And a chance to win it all
Architect Ben Chapman is building a new environmentally-friendly neighborhood in Cypress Corners. He not only has a new job, though. He has siblings he didn’t know about until three months ago. They welcome him but he feels like he’s on the outside looking in. Raised as an only child, he doesn’t know how to do family.
Tammy Donato’s blend of cool and sexy attracts clients and closes deals at Cypress Corners. She comes from a big family, and vows to never settle down. When she meets Ben, she can’t deny her attraction. But he’s a Chapman. He has forever written all over him.
Can Ben convince Tammy to take a chance on him?
Or will he lose what he never even knew he wanted?
The girl who has faith in the magic of Christmas
A stocking full of wishes…a sprig of mistletoe
And a chance to find love under the tree
Zach Harris knows better than to wish for family. His mother ran off when he was a kid and his late father was distant. Now he and his brother are selling the family ranch, his last tie to his parents. For him, Christmas is just another day.
Joy Rollins loves everything about Christmas. She’s living at the Cypress Inn this season, helping her mother run the place since giving up on grad school. She wishes that the holiday will bring inspiration for her artist’s soul. Meeting Zach Harris at Thanksgiving makes her wish for a little romance, too.
When Zach moves into the inn, Joy vows to get him into the holiday spirit. They flirt and kiss under the mistletoe, and as they grow closer she feels artistic inspiration again. But when old family hurt comes back like the ghost of Christmas past, Zach can’t shake the certainty that Joy will leave just like his mother did.
Can Joy show Zach the love and magic of Christmas?
Or will he give up on the wish for happiness?
A lady determined to make a love match
Brashness and beauty…danger and distrust
And a chance for a love that lasts forever
Daniel Ashworth, the Earl of Ashworth, inherited his title when his beloved brother was killed in a duel several years ago. He’d been played false, and Daniel vows to never give a woman that kind of power over him. He glides through society, taking whatever comes his way and avoiding any emotional entanglements.
Lady Mary Bridgewater is the toast of London, a diamond of the first water. Many gentlemen vie for her hand, but she is determined that only the strongest love will entice her to marry. When Daniel comes to her aid after an ill-advised visit to a public house, she’s surprised by his anger and his apparent immunity to her charms. She, however, cannot stop thinking about him. As for Daniel? He cannot explain his intense reaction to the impulsive beauty whenever he’s in her company.
When his good friend asks for her hand, Daniel realizes he wants her for his own. Mary falls in love with Daniel, but he cannot rid himself of the fear that she will prove as duplicitous as his late brother’s love. Danger stalks him, however. And only Mary’s love can save him.
Can Daniel ultimately give Mary his heart?
Or will he allow distrust to rob them of true happiness?
A lady who is as bold as she is beautiful
Runaway attraction…tender affection
And a mystery that could tear them apart
Michael Reed, Viscount Balsam, inherited little but his ancient home in Cornwall when his father passed away a year earlier. He partners with his good friend to train and race horses, intent on remaking his fortune.
Lady Elizabeth, Betsy, Bridgewater is tempted to accept an older gentleman’s proposal, if only to curb what her mother calls her wild streak. When Michael and Betsy meet at the Derby, sparks fly. When they reconnect at Bridgewater Park weeks later, they can’t ignore their attraction or their affection. Despite Betsy’s imminent betrothal and Michael’s troubling finances, neither can imagine life without the other.
Once back at Michael’s Cornwall estate, Betsy begins to look into his family mystery. He doesn’t want her interference, or for her to learn of the unsettling childhood memories that haunt him.
Can Michael accept Betsy’s help to learn the truth?
Or will his reluctance cause an estrangement that can never be mended?
The girl who has loved him forever
A love rekindled…like moths to a flame
And the chance to have something real
Nate Bauer, an entomologist and self-proclaimed bug nerd, is eager to start his new job in Cypress Corners. He’s hoping it’s a new beginning, too. He cares for his emotionally-fragile mother, in a kind of half-life with no relationship of his own.
Becky Rollins loves her job at the Cypress Institute. As the director’s Gal Friday, she’s the center of just about everything that happens there. Living on her own for the past few months has given her a dose of independence. Running into her ex, Bugs Bauer? She begins to think that being on her own can be lonely, too.
When Nate sees Becky, it’s like the ten years since they were together never happened. The pretty teenager he knew is now a gorgeous woman, and as smart and sassy as she was back then. She bugs him in the best way, and their attraction is as strong as ever. They grow closer, and attraction begins to lead somewhere neither of them expected. But when family issues come up, Nate can’t help but feel that he just isn’t meant to have his own life.
Can Becky show Nate that something real is worth going all in?
Or will he let what’s bugging him ruin what they might have together?
A lady who longs for a family of her own
Undeniable attraction…a big misconception
And a love that’s the greatest treasure of all
Baron Philip Wilton, the heir to the Earl of Bridgewater, enjoys a carefree life without responsibilities. When he stumbles across a gorgeous young woman in need of rescue at a country inn, he can’t help but come to her aid. He demands her passion in return, however. Something the girl refuses him.
Lady Margaret, Maggie, Penworth lost her mother and the only home she’s ever known. Mishaps and poor planning while traveling to her uncle’s estate assures her she knows little of the world outside the small cottage she shared with her mother. A handsome gentleman settles her bill and, though she would never reward him with her body, he steals a kiss she cannot forget.
When Philip finds Maggie at the Earl of Bridgewater’s estate, he believes fate threw them together. He soon realizes she isn’t the light-skirt he believed, but he still wants her with everything in him. She’s the sweetest, most beautiful woman he’s ever known. He’s determined to marry her, but he discovers a truth about her that could change everything.
Can Philip keep a secret that could ultimately break Maggie’s heart?
Or will the truth come out and threaten everything they have together?
The guy always looking for his next thrill.
Staying on the ground or soaring through the air…
Falling in love is the biggest risk of all.
Jake Chapman loses himself in extreme sports to fill the emptiness in his life. But when he meets CPA Claire Callahan at Cypress Corners, he wants to spend his visit proving to her that living in the moment is worth the risk.
Claire cares for her ailing father, a compulsive gambler who repeatedly risked all they had in the quest for a new high. When she falls for Jake, beloved uncle to her close friends’ little boy, she throws her own caution to the wind for once in her life. But his risk-taking soon shows her he’s as addicted to the rush as her father is, and she won’t put her heart in danger.
Can Jake be the man Claire needs to keep her heart safe? Or will his thirst for adventure keep him from taking the biggest risk of all?
The guy who hides behind a cool mask
The girl who feels she can’t live up to expectations
An appearance of perfection…a very real passion
And a love that can see through to the inside
Corporate lawyer Derek Stone is respected and valued at Chapman Financial. Raised in a privileged world as the son of a highly-successful Boston attorney, he’s hidden the ugly truth of his father’s drunken abuse for years now. When he’s offered a new job at Cypress Corners as in-house counsel, he sees it as a chance to keep his mother safe from his father. And maybe start a new life for himself.
Bree James ran from her own country club life a year ago when her grandmother passed away and left her financially independent. She’s been living and working in Cypress Corners since, but has yet to begin her own life. She longs for something real to hold onto but doubts she’ll ever find it.
Derek and Bree see a lot of themselves in each other, and neither wants to acknowledge their attraction. Bree maintains her cool façade while Derek fosters the stick-up-his-butt reputation that preceded him to Cypress. But that all changes in a second when he kisses Bree.
Can the two of them let down their guard long enough to see what’s right in front of them?
Or will their insecurities about the past keep them from their possible future?
Blake is shocked to see Taylor on his doorstep in the dead of night after so many years. He remembers her as a carefree young girl chasing ducks around the family estate. He, on the other hand, was always causing mischief with Taylor’s older brother Robert. When he invited Robert to join his private investigations firm, it was more of a lark than anything else. He never thought his best friend would go missing while on a case, and he certainly never expected to see Robert’s proper sister at his inn, The Hideaway, with a bruised eye and an air of desperation about her.
Blake can’t deny the beauty Taylor has become. But she’s his best friend’s little sister! How can he find Robert, solve this dangerous case, and protect Taylor, all while trying to ignore her captivating allure?
After all, he’s no hero . . . and he’s certainly no gentleman.
The guy who comes to her rescue again and again
Can he be the one to save her from herself?
Or is she too much to handle?
Cassie Chapman finally caught her father’s attention when racy photos of her hit the tabloids. She comes to Cypress Corners to get a job and find herself. She reconnects with her family but doesn’t believe she deserves their faith in her. Or their love.
Ty Walsh makes sure the animals at Cypress thrive in their habitats. He can’t resist Cassie’s combination of boldness and vulnerability. As he rescues her from wild animals and her own enthusiasm, he sees there’s so much more to her than she thinks.
Can Ty prove to Cassie that she can find herself with him?
Or will she let her past mistakes cost her the life she was just starting to build?
The girl who wants to stand on her own
Fun and fast…light and easy
And a dream that just might come true
Eli Graham grew up in foster care, and always tried his best to fit in. He’s a people-pleaser, and his talent and temperament bring him success in his sales career at Chapman Financial. He never lets anybody see the lonely guy he hides behind his charm and sparkle. Or the hope for family and connection he can’t seem to shake.
Caro Richmond owns her own bakery in Cypress Corners. She suffered a heartbreaking loss three years ago, but it isn’t the loss of her fiancé that haunts her. Work is her focus now. She’ll leave the living to somebody else.
When Eli comes to work in Cypress, he’s immediately taken with Caro. She’s gorgeous, but she also seems like she needs some fun in her life. He’s just the guy to give it to her. They begin to date, and both of them start to think this might be more than just fun and easy.
Can Eli trust that what he’s feeling is something real?Or is he just dreaming of a future he can never have?